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Ministry management practices and their effect on GHG emissions in the Ontario agricultural sector - Final report

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Title: Ministry management practices and their effect on GHG emissions in the Ontario agricultural sector - Final report
Author: Soil Resource Group
Abstract: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agricultural and agri-food sectors result from the combined losses of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) to the atmosphere. Best management practices (BMPs) have been promoted as a means to remediate soil erosion, sedimentation and the on and offsite environmental problems associated with soil degradation. While BMPs were developed and implemented to address soil and water issues, their widespread implementation also has the potential to effect both the emission and sequestration of GHG. This study was initiated to determine the potential reduction in emission of GHG from agricultural land use through adoption of BMPs. The specific study objectives were as follows: 1) Measure and project the effect of agricultural management practices (BMPs) on GHG emissions for the period 1990 to 2012. 2) Identify and recommend technical measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of BMP practices to reduce GHG emissions and project these measures over the period 2000 to 2012. 3) Identify the provisions that the Ministry would need to consider in order to achieve GHG reduction scenarios of 2, 4, and 6% (based on 1990 emission estimates) with the listed BMPs or any other feasible BMP practice for the period 2008 to 2012.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15060
Date: 2000
Rights: Queen's Printer for Ontario, Crown Copyright, Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Queen's Printer for Ontario


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